The safe and effective dispensation of medication is essential to the provision of health care. The senior certified pharmacy technician is a dispensary agent who acts as an assistant to licensed pharmacists to ensure these processes occur as needed. Pharmacy technicians offer this assistance in many ways, such as the compiling, double-checking, and labeling medications. They are also responsible for answering customer questions about medications and dosage, as well as performing clerical duties such as handling cash registers and keeping the work area tidy. Some certified pharmacy technicians work in hospital pharmacies, which may require extra duties such as keeping patient records and preparing medications to be distributed by nursing staff. In some cases, the senior certified pharmacy technician may supervise pharmacy clerks and junior pharmacy technicians.
Senior certified pharmacy technicians typically have relevant postsecondary education, as well as state certification. Often, those seeking certification already have some experience as either a pharmacy technician or a clerk in a pharmacy environment. Senior certified pharmacy technicians should have an exacting eye for detail, as even minor errors in properly identifying medication or proper dosage may have serious consequences for the patient. However, they must be able to work quickly as well, as there are often many orders that must be filled at any one time. The pharmacy technician should also have good interpersonal skills for dealing with patients or customers, and strong communications skills are required to explain dosage and medication information effectively with customers.
Senior Certified Pharmacy Technician Tasks
Prepare dosage medications for dispensing into bottles and unit dose packaging.
Assist in preparing and dispensing medication under direct supervision of Pharmacist.
Select, prepare and stock medications and supplies.
Collect patient information for prescription and billing.